Today we’d like to introduce you to Danielle Spires.
Danielle, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
As a fine art photographer, I would often shoot self-portraits with my pets with my handmade backdrops. Then the unspeakable happened… my three beloved animals were all diagnosed with cancer. Two of my pets succumbed to their cancer, my world was turned upside down, and I never thought my grief would subside.
I’m very lucky that my cat Panton survived thyroid cancer, but within three months, I had spent $24,000 on vet bills. I decided to start a pet portrait business in my DTLA photo studio. I was able to start paying down these enormous vet bills, but also give people a lifelong keepsake of their best friend, just like I did for myself. I love every minute of my job! I get to meet so many animals, learn all of their stories, and make friends with my clients!
There’s nothing like hearing about how much a client’s pet means to them, and their connection in the photos is palpable.
Has it been a smooth road?
Starting a business has been a ton of little learning experiences (and a few costly ones). I will probably always be learning! Marketing, social media, keeping overhead low, pricing structures and an easy booking experience are all things I learned through trial and error.
I’m lucky to have people in my life that help me get my head straight and give me sound advice. A lot of running a business is just trying something, seeing if it works and adjusting until it does.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I’m a pet portrait photographer, and I’m known for my highly stylized portraits. I have some pretty unique backdrops, and each one of them speaks to individual clients. My portraits are quirky, creative and unique to each individual and their pet. I also welcome ALL pets into my studio, and have even photographed chickens, tarantulas, bearded dragons and hedgehogs!
I love my clients, and my strength truly lies in the way I interact with them. I want to take the time to get to know them and their pets, and learn their creative style! I have many repeat customers, and I want to be my clients’ first pick for photography, pet portraits or otherwise.
My clients have gone on to hire me for other projects, and every photoshoot has a personalized and unique touch to them. I’ll say it again… I LOVE my clients!
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Photography will continue to evolve to a more consumer-based model, with people relying on their iPhones and consumer cameras for photos. But I do believe there will always be a need for professional studio portraiture.
People want experienced professionals, they want unique style, professional equipment and all-around knowledge of gorgeous lighting, backdrops, and retouching. There’s something to be said for the client/professional relationship. Working together to create a unique photograph is undeniably integral to the art world.
- I offer several photo packages, starting at $100
- I also offer corporate portraits, or in-home pet portraits for timid animals
- Website: www.daniellespires.com/pet-portraits
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/catpartypetportraits
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/daniellespiresphotography/
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/pet-portraits-by-danielle-spires-los-angeles
Danielle Spires Photography